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Where did the English Echil family come from? What is the English Echil family crest and coat of arms? When did the Echil family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Echil family history?

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Echil has been recorded under many different variations, including Edgell, Eggell, Edgle, Edgele, Edgelle, Edgill, Edghill and many more.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1278 when William and Richard Eggell held estates in that county.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Echil research. Another 172 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Echil History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Echil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Echil or a variant listed above: William Edgell, who arrived in New England in 1720-1725; and Robert Etchells, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pa in 1868

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The Echil Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Echil Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 24 March 2011 at 09:43.

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